Update: HTC has taken to Facebook yet again to help set the record straight. The company has said that in order to “resolve Desire’s memory issue and enable the upgrade to Gingerbread,” they “will cut select apps from the release.”
Roughly two weeks back, on May 27th, HTC took to Facebook to let their customers know that their voices have been heard, and that HTC would be keeping bootloaders unlocked on future devices, making for easier hacking and system-level customization. Fast forward to today, June 15th, and consumers have won yet again as HTC has just taken back a statement about not updating the HTC Desire.
You see yesterday, on the HTC UK Facebook page, the company announced that due to memory inefficiencies, HTC engineers could not bring Gingerbread and Sense to the HTC Desire. As unofficial ports have existed for some time now, Desire users were outraged. Words were exchanged, fights broke out, and I imagine (I wasn’t exactly there) that the smell of brand new Galaxy S II users was in the air. But wait. HTC doesn’t want to go down like that. They actually really like their fans, and want to treat them right. So what are they going to do about it? According to a new post on the HTC UK Facebook page today:
“Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire.”
Not necessarily a bang, or whimper, but it’s what consumers want. And it’s yet another great press move for HTC.
Last time I spoke on this subject, I made sure to emphasize the fact that supporting the Android community is a growing trend among manufacturers. If you’ve been keeping score at home, several big name companies have committed to unlocked bootloaders and timely source-code releases. The next big test for HTC will be how they handle their most recent devices, like the freshly released HTC Sensation. The Sensation was sent out with a locked bootloader, but that wouldn’t be hard to change. Your move HTC.
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